Extra security measures have been put in place at this weekend's Brighton Pride in light of recent terror attacks across Europe. Concrete barriers have been installed in crowded areas and extra police have been drafted in to keep party-goers and spectators safe. Organisers say the event has attracted more than two hundred thousand people. Tom Savvides reports.
Hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people marched through Thanet today in a "Kent Pride" procession. There had been concern that the celebration of the LGBT community could be marred after anti-gay leaflets were posted throughout Margate ahead of the event. In the end though, all was fine, as David Johns reports.
He spoke to organiser Tony Bee, Andrew Bigginton from Kent Fire & Rescue Service, plus campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Tickets will need to be bought for this year's Pride Street Party in Brighton following concerns about security.
Last year, 30,000 people descended on St James's Street and organisers are worried people could get crushed. Wristbands for the event will cost £5 and will go on sale next month.
Brighton Pride have announced the theme for this years spectacular celebrations in Preston Park for Saturday 3rd August.
Gay Icons is the theme for 2013 placing emphasis on the vast array of Iconic LGBT campaigners an celebrities that have shaped LGBT culture and equality.
Expect to see a deluge of Gagas, Monroes, Madonnas, and Freddie Mercurys. Other important Icons will be Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp. “There are so many important and influential people for us to celebrate as a community" says Paul Kemp of Brighton Pride.
Sussex Police have been criticised for their policing tactics while managing the crowds at Brighton Pride yesterday.
Tens of thousands of revellers enjoyed the 20th anniversary festivities in the city centre yesterday.
Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett said:
"I'm aware that there has been a lot of social media talk around the actions of officers who were heading up the back of the parade along with the mounted Thames Valley officers.
Police officers have always walked at the back in order to distinguish the parade from the rest of the public and to safely manage the parade through the streets to it's destination in Preston Park and to make sure there is a safe distance between the horses and members of the public.
"Those taking part in the parade register with the Pride organisers beforehand and the police assist them in keeping the parade moving and helping prevent it becoming larger and thus less manageable."
Highlights from the Brighton Pride 2012 parade (no commentary)